- a person who wears a mask or fantastic costume while merrymaking or taking part in a pantomime, especially at Christmas and other festive seasons.
- an actor, especially a pantomimist.
Origin of mummer
Examples from the Web for mummer
He had at hand a surer ladder to fame than the mummer's art.The Man Shakespeare
They ought at least, to give us a moorish dance, or some other mummer!Notre-Dame de Paris
But the mummer had gone so far as to assume the type of the Red Death.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
A steamer was bearing my lady-love into the presence of her mummer.The Confession of a Fool
He was so much bigger than Mummer that it was hard to believe that they were own cousins.The Burgess Bird Book for Children
Thornton W. Burgess
- one of a group of masked performers in folk play or mime
- a mime artist
- jocular, or derogatory an actor
Word Origin and History for mummer
"one who performs in a mumming, actor in a dumb show," early 15c., probably a fusion of Middle French momeur "mummer" (from Old French momer "mask oneself," from momon "mask") and Middle English mommen "to mutter, be silent," related to mum (interjection).